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posted by martyb on Saturday May 03 2014, @05:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the most-employees-are-not-in-Office-most-of-the-day dept.

A recent article in PCWorld reveals that many companies are simply throwing money away:

Organisations are wasting money licensing Microsoft Office applications that the majority of employees barely use, a study released this week by application analytics startup SoftWatch has found. Conclusion: many users could easly be migrated to far cheaper cloud applications such as Google Apps.

The firm carried out a 3-month analysis of Office suite use in 51 global firms representing 148,500 employees, revealing that seven out of ten employees weren't using any single application heavily, launching them only for viewing or light editing.

The average employee spent only 48 minutes per day using Office, largely the Outlook email client, which consumed about 68 percent of that activity. Excel was in second place with 17 percent, or an average of 8 minutes per day, leaving Word and PowerPoint trailing with only 5 minutes and 2 minutes per day each.

That email is popular and spreadsheets and presentations less so is not a surprise. The latter are occasional applications that non-specialist employees use only when they really have to and their importance can't necessarily be measured in terms of how often they are used so much as the impact that use has.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by lx on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:15PM

    by lx (1915) on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:15PM (#39290)

    I used my shower every day for 15 minutes, which means it sits unused 98.9% of the time. All that money spent on something that is hardly ever used. What a waste!

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by chromas on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:57PM

    by chromas (34) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:57PM (#39299) Journal

    It's okay because, while the shower was expensive, it came with a free house.

  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Saturday May 03 2014, @07:42PM

    by RamiK (1813) on Saturday May 03 2014, @07:42PM (#39311)

    Problem solved: []

    • (Score: 2) by lx on Sunday May 04 2014, @11:08AM

      by lx (1915) on Sunday May 04 2014, @11:08AM (#39428)

      Oooh Jerry has a Twentieth Anniversary Mac!